A common, but important, mistake that business owners make when selling their business is failing to adequately investigate what their and their spouse’s health coverage will be after the sale of the business.  Obviously, many prior owners will sell their business before they are eligible for Medicare leaving them facing the high costs of obtaining private individual insurance if their spouse is not covered under another group plan.

Commonly, as a potential solution, the prior owners will negotiate to stay on with the new owners as consultants under a consulting agreement or as employees under an employment agreement with the proviso that they be added to the new owner’s group health plan until the prior owners are eligible for Medicare or some other pre-negotiated timeframe. 

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